High in the Tyrolean Alps, Merano offers gorgeous views, endless cultural diversions and activities across every season. Enjoy the museums, castles and gardens when you venture from your luxury spa hotel. Visitors in September will be surrounded by the strains of classical music from some of the world's best orchestras during the Merano Music Festival. And all year-round, children and families can revel in the lido, hiking and skiing possibilities.
Alpine spa resort for a culture-packed winter or luxury summer break.
Things to do
There's something for everyone in and around Merano. Families will enjoy the Lido Waterpark, with big swimming pools, a DJ, games and fitness activities. In winter the Merano 2000 Ski Area offers mild-climate skiing and is perfect for beginners. For the more intrepid, head to the Merano High Mountain trail for stunning views of the Merano basin, the Alps and, on an especially clear day, the distant Dolomites.
While in the beautiful historic centre of Merano, be sure to stop in the one of the many museums, churches and cathedrals. Surrounded by Alpine views, the spectacular Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens are worth a visit: the gardens fill an entire amphitheatre with exotic plants and flowers. Sample a glass of the light red Meraner Leiten for a taste of the local fine wine before you visit the art nouveau-style Kurhaus.
Visit Merano in late August and September to catch the world-renowned Merano Music Festival. The month-long classical music extravaganza features some of the world's top symphonic orchestras and solo performers. Opera, jazz and theatre performances also take place and concerts are held in beautiful halls, pavilions and gardens.
Stroll the Tappeiner Promenade for valley views and lovely little cafés along the way.
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